National Swap Idea Day (September 10) seems like a perfect time to launch a discussion board for tradesmen. Here you can share ideas or concerns. Seek help or advice. Try it by clicking the button below.
The exact origins of are unknown. However, it is believed that the creator of this day is Robert Birch. This was not his only unusual idea as he is also thought to have invented several other strange celebrations including , and the bizarrely named .
The idea behind is that everybody gets together to exchange ideas. People celebrate this occasion by connecting with other people to share thoughts and concepts. There are no rules outlining the nature of the ideas to be shared, thus making an ideal opportunity for people to be as creative and wacky as they like with their ideas as well as learning from the ideas of others.
If you are a licensed tradesman in Virginia, you know you must take continuing education (CE) courses to maintain licensure through the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational (DPOR). Here's some good news: if you are a PMPV member, you and your employees now get FREE plumbing, HVAC and gas CEs.
This new policy represents a considerable value for members.
In late July, DPOR recertified PMPV as a classroom provider of plumbing, HVAC and gas CEs. DPOR also approved a tentative schedule of classes as follows:
September 10-11, 2015 Charlottesville
November 7, 2015 Hampton Roads
January 16, 2016 Richmond
February 2016 Manassas
April 2016 Hampton Roads
May 2016 Charlottesville
The 2015 PMPV Plumbing Apprentice Competition was held April 28 at the Ferguson Enterprises facility in Gainesville, VA. Seven talented apprentices spent hours roughing in three-piece bathrooms to exacting standards.
The seven students represented northern and southeastern Virginia: Jared A. Beninati of Evan Hibbs Plumbing, Brian Herzing and Justin Ricker of Atomic Plumbing, Daniel Huppert of Unlimited Plumbing and Piping LLC, Shawn Jackson and John Monaghan of Paul Southwick/Pipe Kings and Alberto Portillo of Alberto’s Plumbing, Inc.
The competition was moderated by Paul Keane and Jim Steinle of Atomic Plumbing, Jim Howe of Evan Hibbs Plumbing, James Hurt of My Plumber, Danny Crigler of L&D Associates, Mike Hurt or Long's Corporation and John Walters of Institute for Building Technology and Safety.
At the end of the day at a banquet sponsored by Washington Gas, each of the competitors were assessed on the quality of their work. Jared Beninati took first place, followed by Brian Herzing in second place and John Monaghan in third. The top two finishers will represent Virginia at the PHCC CONNECT Conference in September in Ft. Lauderdale.
The Plumbing and Mechanical Professionals of Virginia (PMPV) is a chartered affiliate of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC). PMPV members cover the entire range of plumbing and HVAC contractors in Virginia, from small companies to large contractors, with a wide range of services covering both residential and commercial projects. Our members are reputable contractors who agree to abide by our Code of Ethics in their business practices.
The mission of the Plumbing & Mechanical Professionals of Virginia is to provide networking, information, education, and training to its statewide membership as well as tracking legislation and providing a forum for problem solving.The vision of PMPV is to provide a growing membership with the resources, education, and public recognition they need to expand their businesses in the most professional and profitable manner.
PMPV is governed by its Executive Committee and Committee Chairs. Members may contact PMPV leadership members at any time.
Being a chartered affilitate of the PHCC National Association, PMPV members enjoy a wide variety of member benefits on the national, state, and local level which helps provide the resources they need to expand their business. If you or your firm is interested in becoming a member, visit the Members page where you can download a membership application.